Artist: Ayaka Ikio
Release Date: August 22, 2009
Label: Rainbow Entertainment
Personal Rating: 4.5/5
1. Get Out
2. Plastic Baby
3. Cat’s Free
4. ANARCHY IN THE UK
5. Spider Web
7. Groove is Mine
Ikio’s debut mini-album didn’t sound so bad. Now that her second one has been released eight months later, let’s see what she has in store for us thie time.
Unlike in RE: Acid Queen, Gossip opens with Get Out but instead of the usual opening track, it’s a full length song. If you recall, the last few tracks of the last album sounded lazily done. Now that she’s back, Get Out was really impressive -both vocal and arrangement wise- and showed a ton of promise for the rest of the album. It’s pretty electro pop if you ask me but hey, it’s too hot to miss.
At least there’s no swearing in Plastic Baby. The song kicks the energetic mood higher, creating the best song on the album! Ikio’s vocals were definitely strong here since she doesn’t rely on the arrangement for the most part, and there’s not so much distortion going on.
Another very addicting song is Cat’s Free, which consists of great instrumental elements and some sort of special effects on the vocals. Although her voice is really distorted here and that it’s almost impossible to make out what’s she’s saying, the song was pretty much the definition of cool.
Apparently, ANARCHY IN THE UK is a cover song originally sung by sex pistols. I thought that the combination of electropop and rock sounded a little weird. Not to mention that the pitch and style of the vocals sounded a little strange. The trance instrumental suited the mood quite well, though.
Spider Web started off pretty strong. The instrumentals were great as always and they finally toned down the major distortions. I loved how the verses built up to the chorus while being less agressive at the same time.
At this point, Ikio’s songs usually get really lazy. Scream contradicts that statement really clearly as the elements begin to pick up from the agressive pace again. Distortions appear here and there but at least she could last without the distortions most of the time.
Finally, Groove is Mine sounds like a remix and her vocals do get a little lousy. Now it’s mostly the instrumentation that’s supporting song so the vocals didn’t stand out as much as they did in the past track. It’s a great way to end the album, though.
Personal Rating: 4.5/5
EDIT:// I edited the mistake on “anarchy in the US.” lol